Originally Posted by princeofcats
I've spoke to my wife about my coworker. I told her I felt she was being posessive, as opposed to being jealous. Jealousy is wanting something someone else has. Posession is not wanting anyone to have what you have. She fears someone will steal me away. Any thoughts about this topic?
Just to toss in another perspective, our views are very different:
Jealousy is "wanting something that is rightfully yours, but has been taken by another, or has been given to another."
Envy--or coveting--is "wanting something that is not rightfully yours, but you want nonetheless."
Possessiveness is "selfish desire not to share what you have--whether rightfully yours or not--with anyone else."